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Jamie Oliver Fights Obesity in Los Angeles, Australia

Jamie Oliver Brings His Message to West Coast, Australia

British chef and healthy-eating-habits advocate, Jamie Oliver, is on the move. He's taking his reality show, Food Revolution, to the West Coast. Oliver and his family will settle into the LA area in January, and filming will start later in 2011. The format of the second season of Food Revolution will differ from the first, although there will be an element that involves schools.

Oliver hoped to film in the cafeterias of the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the superintendent's office has denied his request, "our feeling was that his time would be better spent or invested in other communities," a representative for the schools said. Producers for the show are on the lookout for families with children who need dietary help.

Oliver's other attempts involve Australia; today he launched the "Ministry of Food Australia" campaign in which he'll set up regional centers that teach people how to enjoy nutritious food. The Queensland government will donate $2.5 million over the course of four years to Oliver's agenda. "These cooking classes are fun, produce delicious food from fresh ingredients and really take the fear out of cooking," Oliver said.

At a time when it seems hard for a single individual to make a difference, it's refreshing to see Oliver fight for change. What do you think about his efforts?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 5 years
Ironically, LAUSD probably did not agree because its cafeteria food is unhealthy. I work for LAUSD, and unfortunately the stupid, wasteful district spent millions of dollars in the past five years hiring professional chefs and nutritionists to plan a menu that targets the nutritional needs of growing children. You can look at the nutritional information of all the food items and they are appropriate in sodium, caloric, carbohydrate, sugar, and fat content. Yes, the students still eat maccaroni and cheese, burritoes, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but everything is portioned appropriately. In addition, but the students are given a choice of two or three types of fruit and one or two types of vegetable each day, one of each of which they have to take. On top of all that, all this food is individually packaged in plastic and delivered to each school DAILY - imagine how much that must cost. I say "unfortunately" not because I don't think our children's health and diet is important, but because in a time when we are laying off about 9,000 teachers each year, we are spending millions to overpay someone (those chefs and nutritionists) to do something that should be logical. Instead of encouraging parents to use common sense to feed their children, the government and the school system continues to do everything for them. Bottom line, while I respect Jamie Oliver and his mission, I think he and all of us need to stick to individually taking care of each of our families instead of once again expecting (and letting) the government control everything we do...
michlny michlny 5 years
Sadly, LA school system said NO :(
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